An Epic Weekend & it’s Taper Time!

But first, just a little note on Memorial Day.  I just want to say THANK YOU to all those that have served and provided the ultimate sacrifice for our country, to protect our freedoms that so many of us take for granted. I know, a simple THANK YOU really pales in comparison to what our armed forces and their families endure to ensure that we can continue to live our every day lives in a country where we can basically do whatever we want to do, and pursue our dreams. I spent a lot of time thinking about the meaning of memorial day over the weekend, and I just wanted to express my gratitude to all those who have served in the past, serve today, or decide to serve our country.

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Alright, well, now that I’m done trying to {somewhat unsuccessfully} express my deepest gratitude, let’s move onto what happened this past week/weekend. These past 3 weeks of training was a definite build period for me. My long bricks extended my bike miles and ramped them up from 65 mile rides in the last cycle up to 100 miles in this cycle! This weekend was the pinnacle of this cycle with some really major workouts for me – Friday through Sunday included 2.3 miles of swimming, 117 miles of biking and 13.5 miles of running – and I managed to nail every one of my workouts! I was so pumped – especially as I wrapped my run on Sunday and managed to get through 7 half mile repeats at my old (pre-injury) pace. Every once in a while, things just click!

This last weekend was a big win for me, all though this training season I’ve been struggling. It seems if my swim is going well, my bike and run are off. And if my bike is going well, my run and swim are off. And if my run is going well… well actually that has not happened yet this season since my injury has continued to drag me down a bit… this was the first weekend that I just felt like everything went well. Which is HUGE since we’re headed into IM Raleigh 70.3 this weekend. Now all I have to do is focus on my taper week activities – a few shorter workouts, some speed work, and making sure I eat well.

Oh, and of course, what would taper week be without watching the weather ALL WEEK long. Speaking of weather, it’s going to be HOT, HOT, HOT in North Carolina (big surprise). Looks like hydration will also be key this week. Luckily a heat wave has rolled into the Northeast for this week, so my body has half a fighting chance to acclimate a little before we get down South. But hey, what would a 70.3 be if it wasn’t 90+ degrees and humid?! I’m not sure I would know what to do with myself… Syracuse 70.3 has been awesome for this weather pattern both in 2013 and 2014 with a last minute heat wave for race day. Eh, oh well.

Alright, well, here goes nothing. Race day is next Sunday. Kind of weird to race a 70.3 when I’ve been so focused on IMLP, but I’m just going to focus on enjoying myself and taking in all the new scenery next weekend – oh and my first open water swim for the season – craziness!

Feeling a little dysfunctional and underprepared, this race just kind of snuck up on me since it’s not the focus of the season, so I’ll just have my fingers-crossed that everything goes well! 🙂

Weekly Workouts//

  • Monday – Rest Day
  • Tuesday – Brick: 1 Hour, 45 minute Bike; 30 minute Run
  • Wednesday – AM – 3100 yard speed work swim planned, was bombing on this one and cut it short at 2100 yds
  • Wednesday – PM – 60 minutes of sports massage to work out all my issues.. haha.
  • Thursday – track workout planned, life interrupted my plans… no workout today.
  • Friday – AM – 3700 yard Swim
  • Friday – Noon – 1 Hour Bike
  • Saturday – Brick: 100 mile Bike & 30 minute Run
  • Sunday – 1 hour 30 minute Run, with 800 repeats

Total Time: 13 hours 30 minutes

  • Swim: 5800 yards / 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Bike: 144 miles / 9 hours 20 minutes
  • Run: 16.5 miles / 2 hours 30 minutes

Photo Recap//

Working Albany Corporate Challenge for Ragnar Relays – this event was CRAZY – 10,200 runners makes for some overwhelming traffic through the tent (especially when there is free Ragnar swag to be had.)

The “egg” in Albany – our view for the evening and the calm before the storm of runners!

After some great conversation this week, this thought just kept popping in my mind.       My lunch date on Friday. I’m in love. If only every lunch date was as good. 😉

My date Friday night. Couldn’t ask for a cuter guy to hang out with!

100 miles done!! Had to take a picture to capture the moment. First of five 100+ mile rides during this training cycle. Managed to complete the entire thing without a mapped route, no support (had to carry everything) and totally solo.

We can all achieve much more than we ever dreamed possible.

It just takes a little work, dedication and perseverance.

After Saturday’s brick, I came home and found these in my mailbox!! The beautiful and wonderful Ginger at Plaid Lab Studio strikes again! She makes  beautiful jewelry – much of which is bike inspired!! She sent me the skull and butterfly bracelet for my Betty Super Powers – perfect timing with Raleigh 70.3 coming up next weekend!!

 

Sunday morning 6 am, track workout. This went SO SO SO well for me! I was totally pumped since I came off my longest brick the day before!!

Part of the reason for my 6 am wake up… my nephew was baptized Sunday!

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And after Church, I noticed that 2 red hats were hanging out in the backseat of my Jeep… love these girls!  DSC_0021

Sunday afternoon, I scooted up to Old Forge in the Adirondacks for a little R&R with some friends. Love me some lakeside relaxing!

Um… yea, so apparently it doesn’t matter which 70.3 I sign up for. I get to race in super high heat/humidity with very little heat training under my belt. This should be fun… but hey, at least I’ve done this a couple times before!

Well, that’s all, I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend and spent some time remembering those who have served our country so that we can all continue to enjoy the freedoms that are given to us. I know it was a great weekend for me – family, friends, and some great workouts!

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2 thoughts on “An Epic Weekend & it’s Taper Time!

  1. I feel the same way about 70.3 weather. Always hot!! I’ve done some early season, last season, and in the middle races…always hot!! Good luck this weekend!! You will do great. Even though you aren’t “trained” for a 70.3 you will “easily” be able to do the race!!
    Super cute bracelets!!
    Riding solo for 100 miles will do wonders for your mental strength!! Come race day that will be the best thing that you have done is trained on your own!! 🙂

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